April 22, 2013

Szechuan Green Beans

6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
2 quarter-sized slices fresh ginger, peeled
2 scallions, trimmed and cut into 2 inch lengths
1T vegetable oil
1teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1T soy sauce
1T rice wine vinegar
1lb green beans, tipped and tailed

Place garlic, ginger and scallions in food processor until finely chopped. Put into large microwave dish and add oil and pepper flakes. Cook uncovered in microwave 100% for 3 minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients and cook uncovered in microwave 100% from 9-15 minutes (depending on your microwave) stopping to stir a few times.


April 15, 2013

Spicy Dill Pickles

12 pickling cucumbers
2 cups water
1 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup sugar
8 garlic cloves
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon pickling spice
1 1/2 teaspoons dill seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 sliced red pepper
Sliced hot peppers 

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Put your sliced pickling cucumbers into mason jars and pour pickling mixture over to cover. Refrigerate at least one week. 

April 8, 2013

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili is one of my weekly staple meals. It's good hot or cold, at lunch or for dinner. This recipe makes a lot so hopefully you'll have leftovers for another meal!

1 1/2 pound Lean Ground Turkey
1 can Redpack crushed tomatoes in thick puree
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 green and 1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 jar medium chunky salsa
1 can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder

Cook the turkey in bottom of your pan first. Then add everything else and simmer for 40 minutes. When you're ready to serve sprinkle parmesan cheese (any cheese will do, but grated parmesan is my favorite) on top!

Rusty was tired from all the cooking :)

April 1, 2013

Healthy Banana Bread

I love this banana bread recipe because it doesn’t have any added sugar or butter. And it still tastes sweet from the honey!

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 overripe bananas mashed
3/4 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons organic finely ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup honey

Mix the dry ingredients first. Then add the banana, milk, and honey. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 55 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!